ORIGINAL SIGNED & DATED LETTER. 263 Hampstead Road, NW Dec 16th. Authentic handwritten, signed, and dated letter by. On a folded sheet of paper with embedded seal, measuring approx 7×4.5 inches. In very good condition; the ink imprint remains strong and unblemished but for a small area at the top which bears the remains of a tape, partially affecting the letters in the address. The paper shows toning and faint small marks in blue ink. Cruikshank’s early career was renowned for his social caricatures of English life for popular publications. He achieved early success collaborating with William Hone in his political satire The Political House That Jack Built (1819). In the same year he produced the remarkable anti-abolitionist New Union Club. It satirised a dinner party organised by abolitionists with black guests. His first major work was Pierce Egan’s Life in London (1821). He gained notoriety with his political prints that attacked the royal family and leading politicians. In 1820 he received a royal bribe of 100 pounds for a pledge “not to caricature His Majesty” (George IV of the United Kingdom) “in any immoral situation”. His work included a personification of England named John Bull who was developed from about 1790 in conjunction with other British satirical artists such as James Gillray, and Thomas Rowlandson. Cruikshank replaced one of his major influences, James Gillray, as England’s most popular satirist. For a generation he delineated Tories, Whigs and Radicals impartially. Satirical material came to him from every public event — wars abroad, the enemies of Britain (he was highly patriotic), the frolic, among other qualities, such as the weird and terrible, in which he excelled. His hostility to enemies of Britain and a crude racism is evident in his illustrations commissioned to accompany William Maxwell’s History of the Irish rebellion in 1798 (1845) where his lurid depictions of incidents in the rebellion were characterised by the simian-like portrayal of Irish rebels. Among the other racially engaged works of Cruikshank there were caricatures about the “legal barbarities” of the Chinese, the subject given by his friend, Dr. Gourley, a participant in the ideological battle around the Arrow War, 1856-60. Thank you for your interest – please visit my other auctions for more rare & leather bound books, art, ephemera, paintings, and collectibles. The item “Authentic GEORGE CRUIKSHANK SIGNED Handwritten LETTER Rare Original AUTOGRAPH” is in sale since Wednesday, July 20, 2016. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Historical”. The seller is “astazg” and is located in Canoga Park, California. This item can be shipped to United States.
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